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- abbr. Palestine Liberation Organization
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- Palestine Liberation Organization
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- n. a political movement uniting Palestinian Arabs in an effort to create an independent state of Palestine; when formed in 1964 it was a terrorist organization dominated by Yasser Arafat's al-Fatah; in 1968 Arafat became chairman; received recognition by the United Nations and by Arab states in 1974 as a government in exile; has played a largely political role since the creation of the Palestine National Authority
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While there is no confirmation of any quid pro quo, some rumors have been circulating about a possible Israeli release of some long term PLO prisoners.
The PLO is dead, wiped out, and finished as an effective fighting force.
Which might be why Arafat's PLO is desperately trying to discredit the survey and provoke the mob:
The PLO is not a terrorist organization anymore than Israel is, it’s a highly organized state really.
Clearly Israel felt that the PLO was a greater threat.
At a purely military level, the two FRC wars against the PLO were the ones that Israel was able to “win,” in terms of being largely able to dismantle the structures it targeted.
Netanyahu's UN speeches echoed the Likud-neocon line of that time: the PLO was a Soviet-controlled terrorist organization, Israel was America's "strategic asset" in the Middle East, and the U.S.
What had been cast as a limited incursion to suppress missile attacks along its borders by what were then termed PLO forces and around which Israel mobilized Jewish community support throughout the US and Western Europe, quickly raised serious doubts about the proportionality of Israel's response.
We must remember Israel funded and aided Hamas to counter the PLO when the PLO was the great enemy.
Both of those organizations continue to be run by Mr. Arafat's close associates from the days when the PLO was a guerrilla movement, including Mr. Abbas.